Art Review: Dan Anderson: "Girl in Light with Hands"

Danäe Anderson's mixed-media paintings make an instant impression, using idiosyncratic titles (such as It Was There All That Time) with archetypal images that are open to debate. What was there all that time? The tornado-looking swirl in the long splash of green? The small wishbone? Interpreting her works is part of their appeal. Think of them as descendants of Rothko and Rorschach — but more playful, more inviting, more accessible in their approach. Visitors to the Andrea Schwartz Gallery will want to stare at To Touch the Bone, a kind of triptych that features what looks like a brilliant sky of nighttime stars; Girl in Light with Hands, a wall-size work whose handprint gets submerged in a sea of creamy colors; and Music, Bone, Door, where enamel seems to compete with plant life for attention. Anderson's paintings are timeless snapshots of blocks, curls, and lines that intersect in all directions.

 
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